Billionaire Investor Tim Draper Expects Bitcoin To Reach $250,000 By 2022

Siamak Masnavi
  • Venture capitalist billionaire Tim Draper predicts bitcoin's price will hit $250,000 by 2022.
  • Draper correctly predicted, in September 2014, that the cryptocurrency's price would go from around $400 to $10,000 in three years.

On Thursday, April 12, 2018 billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, the founder and managing director of venture capital

firm DFJannounced at the Block (Chain) Party at Draper University (in San Mateo, California) that he expects the price of bitcoin (BTC) to reach $250,000 by 2022:

I'm thinking $250,000 a bitcoin by 2022... Believe it. They're going to think you're crazy, but believe it. It's happening and it's going to be awesome!

Tim Draper

Yesterday morning he tweeted about his prediction at the party:

Unfortunately, as you can see, he mistyped $250k as $25k, which naturally caused quite a bit confusion. Later that day, he corrected himself in a follow-up tweet:

Tim Draper is a key figure in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space due to his many venture capital investments in Silicon Valley.  His most famous investment was made back in June 2014, when his winning bid at an auction held by the US Marshalls Service allowed him to acquire 29,656 bitcoins that had been seized from the now defunct online black market Silk Road. The BTC price at the time was at around $600.

Three months later, in September 2014, in a TV interview on Fox Business, the billionaire made the following prediction: "$10,000 per bitcoin in three years." Taking into account one BTC was worth around $413 at the time, his prediction seemed off. Rouhgly three years later, on 29 November 2017 to be precise, the price of bitcoin crossed $10,000 for the first time.

At the time of writing, according to CryptoCompare data, the price of one bitcoin is $8,044. Once again, his prediction seems overly bullish, but only time will tell whether he is right or not.

It is worth noting that Draper isn’t the only billionaire that’s bullish on bitcoin. Cameron Winklevoss, who together with his twin brother Tyler launched the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange, said at a CNBC-hosted chat at the Milken Institute's MENA Summit on February 7, 2017 that he expected bitcoin's price to appreciate by 30-40 times within the next 10-20 years. This is how he explained his faith in bitcoin:

Taking bitcoin in isolation … we believe bitcoin disrupts gold. We think it's a better gold if you look at the properties of money. And what makes gold gold? Scarcity. Bitcoin is actually fixed in supply so it's better than scarce … it's more portable, its fungible, it's more durable. Its sort of equals a better gold across the board...

Cameron Winklevoss

 

Bitcoin Investors Reportedly Lose Millions in South African Exit Scam

Michael LaVere
  • VaultAge Solutions CEO Willie Breedt is being accused of making off with millions in investor bitcoin.
  • Breedt allegedly fled the country for Mozambique and has not communicated with investors since December 2019. 

South African cryptocurrency investors are accusing the CEO of VaultAge Solutions of stealing millions in crypto before going on the run. 

According to a report by AllAfrica, Willie Breedt, the CEO of cryptocurrency investment firm VaultAge Solutions, is presumed to be on the run after not making public communications since December 2019. The report claims Breedt was speculated to be staying near the town of Jeffrey’s Bay and that his whereabouts where being looked into by the country’s criminal investigation unit. 

However, South Africans who invested cryptocurrency with the now-defunct firm fear the CEO may have fled the country for Mozambique. 

Breedt is accused of stealing millions from bitcoin investors. The report claims VaultAge Solutions is not registered as a legitimate financial institution with the Financial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA), despite having more than 2000 investors. 

The report quoted investor Lettie Engelbrecht from Krugersdrop, 

We are pensioners and invested R200 000. From December until April, we received payments on the growth of our investment. Since then, we never got any money. We are desperate and living on a shoestring budget.

One South African investor reportedly had deposited more than R6 million ($342,000) with Breedt’s company. 

Breedt delivered a written reply to local outlet News24, explaining, 

I am busy attending to the commitments I have made to members. The commitment is to have all the initial capital paid back by 31 May.

Colonel Katlego Mogale of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) said authorities are investigating the case but cannot reveal any more information “at this stage.”

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